_Perhaps you have time to kill on a long-haul flight to some far-flung dive spot? Or children to keep entertained over the holidays?
Or maybe you just need some entertainment during a dull commute?
Whatever the case might be, here’s an essential list of gaming apps to keep you going through Christmas and beyond.
Defining what makes a gaming app for divers is a tricky proposition. Had I stuck strictly to scuba-diving games, I’m afraid you would have ended up with too many yawn-inducing titles.
As such, I’ve focused on finding the funnest games that have a marine theme. Games are usually in need of a villain, and it is with mixed emotions that I discovered what a big proportion of marine-based gaming apps construe sharks as murderous, man-eating monsters.
Of course, as divers we know sharks to be rather elusive and beautiful, and severely threatened by human impacts.
So I’m torn between not wanting to indulge in and propagate this image of sharks on the one hand, and not wishing to take myself too seriously on the other.
After all, these are only games, and despite playing a lot of Grand Theft Auto when growing up, my career in violent, organised crime never went any further than that!
There are a range of games here to suit different ages and tastes. Some of you will be rapidly addicted to Hungry Shark, while others will find it distasteful. I can understand both sides of the coin, and indeed those are not necessarily mutually exclusive statements.
There’s also a range of more educational titles on this list, so rest easy if that’s what you’re after.
Each app is scored out of 5, with 0 being dreadful and 5 outstanding. Depending on what you’re after, some criteria will be more important than others. For instance, if you’re looking for an educational game, you would value this score higher than would someone just looking for pure, mindless fun. The criteria are shown in the panel opposite: